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10K grant earmarked for sending Norwalk kids to Maritime Aquarium camp

A $10K grant will cover the cost of sending 30 children to the Maritime Aquarium summer camp.  (Photo: The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk)
A $10K grant will cover the cost of sending 30 children to the Maritime Aquarium summer camp.
(Photo: The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk)

NORWALK, Conn. – Thirty Norwalk students will get to have hands-on experiences in marine biology this summer at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

The grant will act like a scholarship for up to 30 fifth- and sixth-grade Norwalk students who otherwise could not afford to participate in Junior Marine Biologist I, one of the Aquarium’s most-popular summer-camp programs.

“We thank the Community Foundation for supporting us with the grant, which will allow us to make our exciting science-based summer camp available to children who otherwise might not have access,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of education, in an Aquarium press release. “The Aquarium will work with Norwalk Public Schools and local community organizations to recruit interested … students and offer them places in our week-long sessions. Not only will it be fun, but it will support the science curriculum in their schools in powerful ways.”

The Junior Marine Biologist I program lets summer campers enter the inner workings of The Maritime Aquarium. Campers set up, stock and maintain an aquarium with live animals while using real scientific tools to learn about water chemistry and water quality. They also grow brine shrimp to feed their animals, dissect squid and fish, and use microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound.

Spaces in the program are available as well for students not supported by the Community Foundation grant. Cost to sign up is $450, or $400 for Maritime Aquarium members. Get details about “Junior Marine Biologist” and all Aquarium summer-camp programs – for ages 6 to 15 – at www.maritimeaquarium.org/fun-a-learning/kids-a-families.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and awarded $180 million in grants to non-profits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

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2 responses to “10K grant earmarked for sending Norwalk kids to Maritime Aquarium camp”

  1. Tish

    Kudos to the Maritime Aquarium for requesting the grant and to the Fairfield County Community Foundation for funding it.

  2. LWitherspoon

    Is this the same program that led Councilman David Watts to claim that the Mayor took Watts’s idea without giving Watts any credit?

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